Sunday, November 4, 2007

What is The Secret?

I just finished reading The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. The majority of the book repeats itself on the concept of the universal law of attraction, so I’ll focus on that. Simply put, everything you have in your life—good and bad— you have attracted to you. The power of the mind has made your thoughts reality.

The main takeaway for me was to think better and more positive thoughts.

It doesn’t seem like much, but how often do we have a tendency to think negatively? I find there are so many great things in life, but as humans we tend to focus on the negative. Saying things like: “I don’t have enough time.” “I don’t have enough money.” “I don’t enjoy my job.” There are many others. Why not say: “I do have enough time.” “I do have enough money.” “I actually want to go to work.”

It is incredibly easy to get sucked into negativism because the majority of people in life are complainers. Why? Because it’s easy to complain. It feels good to vent. It feels better to blame your current situation on somebody else. However, is it really someone else’s fault?

The part of The Secret I didn’t care for centers on the idea that if we think hard enough about things they will actually happen. Basically, if you are sick or injured, it is so because of the way you think. If you are poor, it’s because you didn’t think rich.

While there may be some truth to the above references, I have a hard time believing it’s the only reason. Moreover, how many experiences can a person say are from The Secret simply because of confirmation bias?

In addition, the book fails to acknowledge a higher power helping guide our lives. With 80% of the world believing in some God, I would have thought the book would address this area more than it did.

Anyway, this new age thinking is catching on in society. If you are having trouble finding happiness, it’s worth the time to investigate this book—it may just change the way you think…….